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How our team of writers and photographers made the November issue

SHOT OF THE MONTH

Jonathan Gregson’s image of a polar bear (p66)

This was the result of an incredible encounter with an adult polar bear – I was within 10 feet of it. Fortunately for me, I was on a tundra buggy, a behemoth of a vehicle whose wheels alone are six feet tall. To achieve this shot, the ‘usual’ wildlife kit was not required. A super-telephoto lens would have been excessive; the bear was simply too close. Having taken hundreds of frames of bears that morning, I wanted a different view, a shot to get the viewer up close and personal. I chose this unconventional crop: with no eyes to fix on, it’s all about the texture of the fur.

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